AVR - Canada Soft Landing with H1B expired Visa and change in employer

Hi Anil @anil_am22

I have a question related to AVR rules.

I have a question on whether I am eligible to utilize AVR rule with my current I797 to enter back to USA from CANADA by road.

We are planning to go to CANADA for a short trip( same day return)

I have come to USA in 2015 on H1B which was sponsored by my previous employer XXX. Later in 2019 I took an employment at YYY and my H1B got transferred to them.

I have an expired Visa stamp (expired on October 2019 and also employer on visa states XXX) and an approved I797 ( sponsored by YYYY).

Kindly advise me on below points.

  1. Is the change in employer will cause any issue to use AVR?
  2. I’m currently on the 7th year of my H1B ( YYY filed I140 petition). Will this be an issue to use AVR?
  3. I have booked a Dropbox appointment in my home country India for March 11th 2022. If I travel to CANADA and come back before this date , Is this appointment considered as an application pending ? Will this be an issue to use AVR?
  4. What is the best soft landing / AVR border in Buffalo/Niagara area that you are aware of ?
  5. My spouse has her old stamped visa ( expired on Oct 2019) and approved H4 petition. Is this ok?

I’m sorry I have asked many questions. Could you please kindly give your thoughts or advice based on our users experiences in this forum.